Essentialsin Orange County
With sun and beaches, Orange County isn’t all that different from Los Angeles. However, the OC is a little more laid back, with less hustle and bustle and more feel and flow. What makes Orange County unique is that it’s, well, a county, which means it’s a collection of cities, each with its own personality. And Hyatt hotels knows them all.
Events in Orange County
With more than three million people, Orange County is second only to Los Angeles County in terms of population. At 948 square miles, Orange County is also the smallest county in California. It’s even smaller if you consider that 156 square miles of the county is water. Don’t forget the beaches; there’s 43 miles of shoreline. The icing on the cake: the average year-round temperature is 68 degrees.
A total of 34 incorporated cities comprise Orange County, but that doesn’t mean you need to see them all. Anaheim is the tourist capitol, largely due to Disneyland. Irvine is a business and financial hub and Huntington Beach is “Surf City, USA.” Beyond those cities, though, are some hidden jewels. Laguna Beach is a quiet town with plenty of beach front beauty to dazzle your eyes and little shops and restaurants to occupy your time. Santa Ana may be the county seat, but you won’t be sitting down much with its share of shopping, arts and events. And Newport Beach is where the yachts roll in with the tide and the upscale go to relax.
As you roam through Orange County, there’s a chance you’ll be overcome by a chilled-out attitude. Still, a pair of sunglasses and sunscreen simply won’t be enough. You’ll need casual style, something that glitters and shines, and a touch of wanderlust.
Your guide to dining, style, events and all things Orange County with a glamorous edge.
Orange County Register
The local paper that gives you the information you need to explore Orange County.
Orange County Visitors Center
If you’re a visitor to Orange County, go here for the lowdown on the local fun.
An off-beat publication that isn’t afraid to cut through the hype and tell you the real deal.
Laguna Beach Visitors Center
Head south, down the coast, and this visitors center will be happy to tell you where to go in Laguna Beach.
Newport Beach Visitors Center
Stop by the visitors center to pinpoint your favorites in Newport Beach.
Getting Around Orange County
John Wayne Orange County Airport (SNA)
John Wayne Airport is located in the heart of Orange County, making it easy to go wherever you need in the OC.
LA International Airport (LAX)
The primary international gateway into Southern California is located 35 miles from Orange County.
Taking a train isn’t only a scenic alternative, but helps you to avoid all that highway traffic.
The most convenient way to get around Orange County, rental cars can be found at the airport or with a little help from Hyatt Concierge.